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The Madagascar national football team, nicknamed Barea after the island's zebu,[3] is the national team of Madagascar and is controlled by the Malagasy Football Federation. It has never qualified for the finals of the World Cup. It took part in its first Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. Among its biggest wins was a 1–0 home victory over Egypt in the qualification rounds of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations until being surpassed by a recent shocking 2–0 win over Nigeria in the group stage of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Reflecting the official name of the country at the time, the team was known as the Malagasy Republic national football team between 1958 and 1975.

Madagascar
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Barea
AssociationMalagasy Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachAnuarbek Omirzak
CaptainFaneva Andriatsima
Most capsMamisoa Razafindrakoto (75)
Top scorerFaneva Andriatsima (14)
Home stadiumMahamasina Stadium
Rabemananjara Stadium
FIFA codeMAD
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 95 Increase 1 (19 September 2019)[1]
Highest74 (December 1992)
Lowest190 (March 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 111 Increase 9 (10 October 2019)[2]
Highest64 (December 1964)
Lowest167 (April 2007)
First international
Madagascar 1–2 Mauritius 
(Madagascar; c. 1947)
Biggest win
Madagascar Malagasy Republic 8–1 Congo 
(Antananarivo, Madagascar; 19 April 1960)
Biggest defeat
 Mauritius 7–0 Madagascar
(Réunion; 31 July 1952)
 Congo-Léopoldville 7–0 Malagasy Republic Madagascar
(Congo; 18 July 1965)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2019)

HistoryEdit

Madagascar made its debut in 1947 in a home match against Mauritius which was lost 2–1. The game was part of a Triangulaire tournament between Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion. Madagascar's second match was at home to Reunion and saw their first ever win, 4–2. The triangular tournament was staged every year until 1958, and Madagascar's highest-scoring game was on 13 July 1953 when they beat Reunion 6–4 at home. Their worst loss was on 31 July 1952 when they lost 7–0 to Mauritius in Reunion.

Madagascar played against opposition different from Mauritius or Reunion for the first time in 1960, as part of a tournament between French-speaking nations held on the island. In their first match on 15 April 1960 they beat the Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) 6–1. The second game was a quarter-final against France's amateur side on 17 April and was lost 2–1. On 19 April Madagascar beat the Congo 8–1 in the third-place play-off.

In April 1963, Madagascar entered another competition for French-speaking countries, this time in Senegal, and was placed in a group with Dahomey (now Benin), Liberia and Chad. They opened with a 1–0 win over Dahomey on 11 April, and then beat Chad 2–1 on 13 April and Liberia 3–1 on 15 April. In the semi-finals, Madagascar were beaten 2–1 by Tunisia on 19 April, and then lost 4–1 to France's amateur team in the third-place play-off on 21 April.

In September 1963 the Triangulaire between Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius was reinstated for the first time since 1958. On 15 September they beat Reunion 6–1 at home, and on 18 September drew 1–1 to Mauritius in a home game which was abandoned.[4]

On 16 October 2018, Madagascar qualified to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history, after they won 1–0 against Equatorial Guinea.[5][6] During their debut match against Guinea on 22 June 2019,[7] Anicet Abel scored Madagascar's first-ever AFCON goal and secured their first point of the competition with a 2–2 draw against Guinea.[8][9] The team defeated Burundi in their second match[10] and followed it up with a 2–0 victory over the Super Eagles of Nigeria to top Group B.[11][12]. Then Madagascar advanced to quarter-finals after beating DR Congo in the round of 16.[13] The team's shocking successful performance was coined by pundits as Iceland of Africa, resembling the shocking successful debut of Iceland in UEFA Euro 2016.[14] However, Madagascar's dream ended abruptly after suffering a tremendous 0–3 defeat to the hand of another former champion, Tunisia.[15]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA GR
  1930 Did not exist Did not exist
  1934
  1938
  1950 Did not enter Did not enter
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974 Withdrew Withdrew
  1978 Did not enter Did not enter
  1982 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 4 details
  1986 2 1 0 1 1 1 details
  1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 7 3 details
  1998 2 0 1 1 3 4 details
    2002 10 3 0 7 7 16 details
  2006 2 0 1 1 3 4 details
  2010 8 3 3 2 12 9 details
  2014 2 1 0 1 2 3 details
  2018 4 1 2 1 7 7 details
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 36 12 8 16 42 51

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA GR
  1957 Part of   France Part of   France
  1959
  1962 Not affiliated to CAF Not affiliated to CAF
  1963
  1965 Did not enter Did not enter
  1968
  1970
  1972 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 5 details
  1974 2 1 0 1 3 4 details
  1976 Withdrew Withdrew
  1978 Did not enter Did not enter
  1980 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 6 details
  1982 4 2 1 1 4 7 details
  1984 4 1 1 2 3 4 details
  1986 2 0 0 2 2 6 details
  1988 2 1 0 1 2 3 details
  1990 Withdrew Withdrew
  1992 Did not qualify 5 2 2 1 3 2 details
  1994 Did not enter Did not enter
  1996 Withdrew during qualifiers Withdrew during qualifiers
  1998 Banned for withdrawal from qualifiers in 1996 Banned for withdrawal from qualifiers in 1996
    2000 Did not qualify 8 2 3 3 9 12 details
  2002 8 2 2 4 7 8 details
  2004 4 2 0 2 2 8 details
  2006 2 0 1 1 3 4 details
  2008 4 0 0 4 0 14 details
  2010 8 3 3 2 12 9 details
  2012 6 0 1 5 4 14 details
  2013 2 0 0 2 1 7 details
  2015 2 1 0 1 2 2 details
  2017 6 0 3 3 5 12 details
  2019 Quarter-finals 6th 5 2 2 1 7 7 8 5 1 2 12 10 details
  2021 To be determined To be determined
  2023 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 1/32 5 2 2 1 7 7 81 24 18 39 80 137

African Nations ChampionshipEdit

African Nations Championship record Africa Nations Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA GR
  2009 Did not enter Did not enter
  2011 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 0 2 details
  2014 Did not enter Did not enter
  2016 Did not enter Did not enter
  2018 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 6 3 details
  2020 To be determined To be determined
  2022
Total 0/5 8 4 2 2 6 5

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Madagascar national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Indian Ocean Island GamesEdit

Indian Ocean Island Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1979 Did not enter
  1985 Fourth place 4th 2 1 0 1 2 3
  1990 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 12 1
  1993 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 10 2
  1998 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 1 0 10 3
  2003 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 4
  2007 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 2 0 7 0
  2011 Group stage 7th 2 0 1 1 2 3
  2015 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 6 8
Total 2 Titles 8/9 27 14 7 6 51 24

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2000 Excluded
2001
2002 Quarter-finals 5th 2 1 1 0 3 2
2003 Quarter-finals 7th 2 1 0 1 2 3
2004 Round 1 11th 1 0 0 1 0 2
2005 Round 1 10th 1 0 0 1 0 2
2006 Round 1 13th 2 0 0 2 0 4
2007 Round 1 8th 2 1 0 1 5 1
  2008 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 6 7
  2009 Did not enter
  2013
  2015 Third place 3rd 6 4 1 1 11 7
  2016 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1 1 1
  2017 Group stage 9th 3 2 1 0 6 1
  2018 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 4 4
Total Third place 11/18 34 14 8 12 38 34

RecordsEdit

As of 11 July 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Madagascar.

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Caps and goals updated after the match against DR Congo on 7 July 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ibrahima Dabo (1992-07-22) 22 July 1992 (age 27) 10 0   JS Saint-Pierroise
23 1GK Melvin Adrien (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 26) 7 0   FC Martigues
16 1GK Jean Dieu-Donné Randrianasolo (1989-05-26) 26 May 1989 (age 30) 33 0   CNaPS Sport

17 2DF Toavina Rambeloson (1992-11-26) 26 November 1992 (age 26) 7 0   Arras Football
5 2DF Pascal Razakanantenaina (1987-04-19) 19 April 1987 (age 32) 22 2   JS Saint-Pierroise
21 2DF Thomas Fontaine (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 28) 15 0   FC Lorient
22 2DF Jérôme Mombris (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 31) 14 0   Grenoble
20 2DF Romain Métanire (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 29) 13 0   Minnesota United
14 2DF Jérémy Morel (1984-04-05) 5 April 1984 (age 35) 6 0   Rennes
4 2DF Gervais Randrianarisoa (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 34) 27 1   JS Saint-Pierroise

13 3MF Anicet Abel (1990-03-13) 13 March 1990 (age 29) 12 2   Ludogorets Razgrad
15 3MF Ibrahim Amada (1990-02-28) 28 February 1990 (age 29) 11 1   Al-Khor SC
6 3MF Marco Ilaimaharitra (1995-07-26) 26 July 1995 (age 24) 11 1   Charleroi
7 3MF Dimitry Caloin (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 29) 4 0   FC Villefranche
3 3MF Romario Baggio (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 12 0   Fosa Juniors FC
8 3MF Arohasina Andrianarimanana (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 28) 19 1   Black Leopards
18 3MF Rayan Raveloson (1997-01-16) 16 January 1997 (age 22) 7 1   Troyes

2 4FW Carolus Andriamatsinoro (1989-07-06) 6 July 1989 (age 30) 33 10   Al-Adalah
9 4FW Faneva Imà Andriatsima (captain) (1984-06-03) 3 June 1984 (age 35) 42 14   Abha Club
12 4FW Lalaina Nomenjanahary (1986-06-01) 1 June 1986 (age 33) 31 3   Paris FC
11 4FW Paulin Voavy (1987-11-10) 10 November 1987 (age 31) 43 12   Misr Lel Makkasa
19 4FW William Gros (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Vitré
10 4FW Njiva Rakotoharimalala (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 27) 25 9   Fleury 91

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Madagascar.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Joma (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 27) 1 0   AS Jet Mada 2018 COSAFA Cup

DF Mario Bakary (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 31) 8 0   Sainte-Marienne v.   Senegal, 9 September 2018
DF Tobisoa Njakanirina (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 32) 23 0   CNaPS Sport v.   Senegal, 9 September 2018
DF Ando Rakotondrazaka (1987-05-12) 12 May 1987 (age 32) 15 0   CNaPS Sport v.   Senegal, 9 September 2018
DF Fabien Boyer (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 28) 18 0   Grenoble v.   Kosovo, 24 March 2018
DF Albert Rafetraniaina (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Bisceglie v.   Kosovo, 24 March 2018

MF Zotsara Randriambololona (1994-04-22) 22 April 1994 (age 25) 5 0   Fleury 91 v.   Senegal, 23 March 2019

FW Rinjala Raherinaivo (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 21) 10 2   FC Sion(rés) v.   Senegal, 9 September 2018
FW Jaotombo Bourahim (1990-11-15) 15 November 1990 (age 28) 10 2   Sainte-Marienne v.   Senegal, 9 September 2018
FW Henri Charles Gladyson (1989-04-26) 26 April 1989 (age 30) 3 0   Sainte-Marienne v.   Comoros, 24 March 2018

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

List of coachesEdit

Fixtures and resultsEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  3. ^ Clarel Faniry Rasoanaivo (10 July 2019). "Madagascans elated by AFCON success, eye semi-finals". Reuters. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  4. ^ Madagascar – List of International Matches
  5. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations: Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal, Madagascar qualify for the finals". BBC. 16 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Madagascar reaches first African Cup, Egypt also qualifies". The Washington Post. 16 October 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.cafonline.com/total-africa-cup-of-nations/teams/21/
  8. ^ https://af.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idAFKCN1TO0A4-OZASP
  9. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/48645248
  10. ^ https://www.goal.com/en/news/afcon-2019-burundi-wont-lose-hope-after-madagascar-defeat/1e6nn40wwv0m51t9h206inrgjb
  11. ^ https://www.beinsports.com/us/afcon/video/madagascar-stun-nigeria-2-0-as-debutante-bare/1230711
  12. ^ https://www.dw.com/en/africa-cup-of-nations-2019-the-surprise-package-from-madagascar/a-49432873
  13. ^ https://www.dw.com/en/africa-cup-of-nations-2019-madagascar-stun-dr-congo-on-penalties/a-49505887
  14. ^ https://allafrica.com/stories/201907100768.html
  15. ^ https://www.thesouthafrican.com/sport/soccer/afcon-2019-live-madagascar-vs-tunisia-quarter-final/
  16. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=95836/index.html
  17. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=184896/index.html
  18. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=63673/index.html

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